Perry tells Kimmel: 'I do interviews with a gun'
March 12th, 2014
09:23 AM ET
9 months ago

Perry tells Kimmel: 'I do interviews with a gun'

(CNN) - Giving a hint at a possible second run for the White House, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday on late night TV that, "America is a great place for second chances. Let's keep it at that."

Perry's answer came in an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," after the host asked the longtime GOP governor of Texas why he would want to make another presidential bid in 2016 after his 2012 campaign "didn't go so well."

Kimmel is doing his show from Austin for the Texas capital's annual "South by Southwest" festival and conference, and Perry was initially booed by the audience as he joined Kimmel on stage for an early taping for Tuesday night's program. Austin is known as a progressive city in the mostly red Lone Star State.

But Perry wasn't fazed, telling Kimmel that "after 14 years of this kind of love, it's all good, man."

And Perry gave as good as he got. When asked if he wanted to make any news regarding a possible second White House run, Perry responded that, "This is not the crowd that I want to make this announcement at."

Perry and Kimmel discussed the decriminalization of marijuana. Last month, in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" Perry said that Texas was looking at adjusting its penalties for criminal use of the drug, adding that jail time may not be the best answer for offenders.

"You don't want to ruin a kid's life for having a joint," Perry told Kimmel.

When asked by Kimmell if he'd ever smoked pot himself, Perry said, "No, thank God."

But the governor quickly added, "Does second-hand count? Because I think there's still some left in there where Snoop was."

Snoop Dogg was Kimmel's previous guest.

Perry confirmed that he jogs with a gun and said the story that he once shot a coyote while jogging was also true. Perry joked to Kimmel that, "I do interviews with a gun."

Kimmell played some home video of Perry playing the drums on stage at a concert with the longtime rock band ZZ Top.

"Every kid is lying if they say they don't want to play on a stage with a rock band," Perry said.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2016 • Rick Perry • Texas
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. nintex

    As a Texan, I can't stand Rick Perry, and can't wait for the day when Wendy Davis becomes our Governor, but I watched the show and he actually WAS joking about carrying a gun to an interview. Trying to be funny, you know. Now carrying a gun while jogging. . . . well, that's just good old Rick Perry being good old Rick Perry – no cure for stupid.

    March 12, 2014 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    -Lynda/Minnesota

    The Real Tom Paine
    I remember my brother-in-law telling me that he packs a gun whereever he goes, even the bathroom.
    ---––

    I can honestly say that this is a first ... even for me living up in the wilds during the summer. I might have to check behind the toilet before the grandkids come up again ... !

    (Indoor plumbing ... just in case someone suggests I "carry" on my way to the outhouse).
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    He did have an outdoor john for a while, so I guess there was a practical reason for it. Problem is, he's continued to do it even after he moved to a house with indoor plumbing. He got mad at me after I told him to put his gun in his truck after he brought it out to show to my-then-Pre K-aged children, muttering something about the Second Amendment. I told him my property rights trumped that, so there was little he could say in response. The problem with the gun-huggers is they view this as normal behavior. Its not.

    March 12, 2014 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    The Real Tom Paine posted:

    "..... ... The problem with the gun-huggers is they view this as normal behavior. Its not."
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    Exactly. And, it takes the same sort of abnormal mind to conceive the "joke", and to find it humorous.
    "I go to interviews with a decapitated human finger in my pocket." I don't see much of a difference.

    March 12, 2014 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnestoa

    @ The Real Tom Paine: "I told him my property rights trumped that, so there was little he could say in response. The problem with the gun-huggers is they view this as normal behavior. Its not."

    No. No it is not. Paranoid to the extreme. I was often asked why I never allowed my very young daughters sleep overs at their cousins homes. To point, it was because many of my brothers follow your BIL in foolishness. My daughters were each taught gun safety at young ages: my nieces and nephews not so much. I was (and probably still am) considered the paranoid one of the family.

    We do have coyote's up north. As well as folks getting lost on the lake and seeing our lights on in the cabin. A few drunks have walked in on us unannounced. Not so much now that most boats are equipped with GPS; but the concern is a background noise that needs to be taken seriously.

    My oldest grandson wanted to "see a gun" and with his parents permission, my husband allowed him to handle an unloaded gun from the gun safe. After a lecture from my husband, my grandson has never mentioned guns again.

    March 12, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. God MAY NOT be a Liberal, but He IS a Democrat

    Typical "compensating" comment from the less endowed . . . I was referring to Perry`s mental prowess but it probably carries over to the bedroom . . . whats say you Anita? Since Perry thinks it is OK to wave his gun around conversationally, I guess it is OK if a faster, stronger, bigger man gets the jump on him with/without his gun, and just takes whayever he wants from Pretty Ricky.

    March 12, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. rs

    Living in a state where we've had 12 police shootings in our capital just since the New Year; a guy in our town who discovered the gun next to him in his car was still cocked, and he wound up shooting himself (in traffic) uncocking it; uncountable numbers of kids with guns at school, crooks with guns, lunatics with guns, and more it seems very readily apparent that guns are not a solution to anything in modern society- unless you want to see more people dead, shot, or involved anew in the criminal justice system. Politicians pandering to this insanity are dangerous.

    March 12, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    -Lynda/Minnestoa

    @ The Real Tom Paine: "I told him my property rights trumped that, so there was little he could say in response. The problem with the gun-huggers is they view this as normal behavior. Its not."

    No. No it is not. Paranoid to the extreme. I was often asked why I never allowed my very young daughters sleep overs at their cousins homes. To point, it was because many of my brothers follow your BIL in foolishness. My daughters were each taught gun safety at young ages: my nieces and nephews not so much. I was (and probably still am) considered the paranoid one of the family.

    We do have coyote's up north. As well as folks getting lost on the lake and seeing our lights on in the cabin. A few drunks have walked in on us unannounced. Not so much now that most boats are equipped with GPS; but the concern is a background noise that needs to be taken seriously.

    My oldest grandson wanted to "see a gun" and with his parents permission, my husband allowed him to handle an unloaded gun from the gun safe. After a lecture from my husband, my grandson has never mentioned guns again.
    *********************
    My son and I learned to shoot together while he attended Boy Scount camp from an NRA instructor ( by the way, excellent safety training, devoid of politics). He is interested in firearms, but I have told him bluntly that he must demonstrate a level of responsibility in order for me to allow him that privilige while he lives under my roof. He and I have used that goal as a means of getting him to behave more responsibly so he can also get a driver's license, and we have used it as a way of doing soemthing together. I completely get what the gun huggers talk about, but I refuse to let him fall prey to the extremist ideas the gun lobby puts out there. My son wants to be a game warden, and he takes a very dim view of anyone who breaks the hunting laws or misuses a gun. Paranoid rhetoric does not persuade others to your side, and making irresponsible comments as a public figure tells me Perry is not ready for the Presidency. My son has Tourettes and OCD, and he shows better judgement than Perry: of course my son is an Eagle Scout, so he gets responsibility.

    March 12, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Pam

    Send in the clowns.........don't bother......they're here!!

    March 12, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Paranoid rhetoric does not persuade others to your side, and making irresponsible comments as a public figure tells me Perry is not ready for the Presidency. My son has Tourettes and OCD, and he shows better judgement than Perry: of course my son is an Eagle Scout, so he gets responsibility."

    My husband and I just had this talk the other night: paranoid rhetoric. We were discussing how far the NRA has turned from gun safety to gun rhetoric. I can remember my Trap and Skeet days, and the NRA giving instructions to those not familiar with the sport. I loved it (the bruising of my arm, though, not so much). How proud you must be of your son. I've read your many posts and it can't be easy for your family. Your family has my continued best wishes. I love that he wants to be a game warden and I wish him the best of luck pursuing his ambition. It is a very fine goal. With your guidance I have no doubt he'll achieve much in life. Becoming an Eagle Scout is just one of many future accomplishments. My daughters are against their sons hunting, much to my husbands disappointment ... but it is their choice to make, not ours. I am thrilled that my responsibilities in raising children are long over. So many sleepless nights agonizing if I was making the right decisions. I watch my daughters now struggle with those same decisions. Was it worth it? You betcha. I do enjoy sitting back now and appreciating the fruit of all the hard work of being a parent see its resulting transformation take place in their children.

    March 12, 2014 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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